Saturday, December 5, 2009

My Mom's Wedding Gift

We recently celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. And it reminded me of the bed linen my Mom had so lovingly embroidered and gifted 2 years ago.

I seldom use it, for the fear of it getting spoiled. But I thought it was a special enough occasion to take it out. A few snippets.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Out of the Treasure Chest (Part 3): The Blue Caravan

This was originally made as a part of a school project, when I was 13. This was made on a "Magazine Holder", which I have never really used!

I am quite attached to the pattern because it had been used by my mother on a bamboo straw sheet, decades ago.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Out of the Treasure Chest (Part 2): At Sunset

This piece was made just after my high school examinations had ended. So, it is around 15 years old (and I still need to get a frame for it!)

My Mom and I had discovered the pattern in one of her old women's magazines, and decided to go ahead with it.

It uses "Half Cross Stitch" and I had no idea how to go about it till I started work on the project. It took me around a month to finish it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Colorful Peacock: WIP

My latest project happens to be this Colorful Peacock.

Its a "Anchor Stitch Kit" project which I had purchased on impulse at one of the airports. Not on impulse actually, since I had wanted one of these for a long time. What worked for me was the huge variety of designs which were available and the time which I had on my hand while waiting for my flight.
This is a part of their "Impression" Series, and makes use of long stitch to create the effect.

I started it in mid September, and looking at the progress, it seems that it will take another 6 months to finish. Not because its difficult, but because I can see a packed calendar (work wise and on the family front) till December end alteast.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Out of the Treasure Chest (Part 1): The Red Skirt

We all possess a “Treasure Chest” – the place where we keep our prized possessions. The possessions may range from our favorite toy from infancy, a bundle of letters / cards collected since adolescence, the very personal diary which captures the first crush, eclectic trinkets and what not.
My Treasure chest has most of the above, as well as an assortment of hand embroidered pieces. These include the first cross stitch handkerchiefs I had made when I was 7 and a few more as the years progressed and my embroidery skills developed and matured.
As a first “proper” post, I would like to share the work I had done when I was in my late teens. This was an elaborate border embroidered on a plain red skirt. It continues to be one of my favorites till date.

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The border is a very Indian one and is approximately 12 inches tall. It makes use of the following stitches:
1. Closed herringbone: for filling in the areas
2. Open Herringbone: for the white border
3. Stem stitch
4. Straight stitch
5. Lazy Daisy

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The mirror caps which I have used are the ones which are readily available in the market, and need to be sewed on to cover the mirror.

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This border took me around 2 months to complete.
Unfortunately, I have lost the pattern and hence cannot replicate it on any other dress.

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